Saturday 23 June 2018

The machinations of a school bully played out on a global scale

U.S. President Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters
U.S. President Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

The definitive narrative in the Abrahamic faith traditions centres around the notion of salvation. The Christian and Jewish traditions, in particular, place great emphasis on the idea that salvation will emerge from the least likely quarters.

This expression of the human desire for a new redeeming age is now being played out by reckless and chaotic Donald Trump, the most ludicrously unlikely candidate for the presidency in the history of America, yet he surprised us all.

Trump is a master of the art of manufacturing outrage, of the amplification of differences, and of playing the role of saviour from all that is assumed to be wrong with the world. What we have here is the narcissistic attempt to place oneself at the centre of things, obliterating all that gets in the way. The most worrying aspect of Trumpism is the attempt to silence the press and weaken the judiciary.

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